Aprylle Gilbert is an artist who is passionate about her songs and life.Having grown up in a tumultuous environment with a complexity of situations in early childhood that left her perpetually struggling to find her place in life, Aprylle is no stranger to adversity. In her new CD entitled, Diamond In The Rough, Aprylle Gilbert reminds us that we are not alone on our journey, and regardless of where we are on our path, we all share the same life experiences. For example, in her featured song, Alive, Aprylle shares with us her own struggle in craving recognition and acceptance for her artistic talents from those around her.Too often we have taken early rejection or negative comments to heart and placed a greater value on them then they are really worth, needlessly limiting ourselves from following our dreams. In Bye Bye Baby, she talks about those difficult times when we have found someone supportive but our relationship with them is starting to hold us back. We need to move on for ourselves but are concerned about the affect it will have on them. It is these kind of trials that become the foundation of what makes us stronger and what has gotten us to this point as she reminds us in the song, Speak. While we present an external image that we are doing fine and everything is going well, some of us have a gnawing sense that we are not where we need to be. Aprylle reminds us that regardless of how others may seem to you, we are all on the same journey to become who we are meant to be, to discover and live our full potential in life, and to never give up on ourselves.
Embracing the folksy pop of artists such as Suzanne Vega and Sheryl Crow, Aprylle Gilbert combines stirring melodies with words of inspiration, joy, and - at times –sadness. In a voice both pensive and sultry that often hints at an underlying self-consciousness, Aprylle takes the listener on a trek that is semi-autobiographical yet familiar to most of us. There is an overall theme of learning to be true to yourself, and the happiness that lies in finding someone who will accept you for who you are. To that end, much of Aprylle's music is lifting and inspirational, though poignant reminders of a not-so-joyful past are ever present from an aspiring songstress longer afraid to bare her soul.